Gallery: Lemsford hold league leaders
PUBLISHED: 09:41 26 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:57 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Division One Lemsford 3 Baldock Town 3 A SPIRITED Lemsford side took a point from an entertaining match against league leaders and promotion certs Baldock Town. Following Saturday s 3-3 draw, Lemsford have now lost just twice
Herts Senior County League Division One
Lemsford 3 Baldock Town 3
A SPIRITED Lemsford side took a point from an entertaining match against league leaders and promotion certs Baldock Town.
Following Saturday's 3-3 draw, Lemsford have now lost just twice in 16 Herts Senior County League games.
Craig Attfield's men were hoping to make a bright start to the Division One fixture.
They did the exact opposite at Welwyn Playing Fields and Baldock found themselves ahead inside the first 10 minutes.
The defensively line of Peter Cross, Lee Dowden, Steve Cross and Kevin Cory were cut open and Harrison Holland fired past helpless Lemsford goalie Dennis Fettus.
Keeper Fettus was called into action again soon after and produced a fine double save.
The game was open and flowing from end to end, so it wasn't too surprising when the village side managed to breach Baldock's usually watertight defence.
Matt Jones kept his composure to fire his side level after some confusion in the Baldock box.
The equaliser gave Attfield's side the belief to take the game to the leaders and shortly after they were ahead.
Peter Cross' right-wing centre should have been tucked away by Matt Harris coming in from the left.
But his mishit shot fell instead to Matt Jones, who grabbed his second of the game from an almost impossible angle.
That gave the home side a 2-1 half-time lead and had Baldock worried that they were going to suffer only their second league defeat of the season.
They showed just why they are top of the table though by grabbing an equaliser.
Holland was again the scorer, with his finely struck volley giving Fettus no chance.
With the game evenly poised yet again, both sides still attacked with purpose and it was hardly a shock that there were further goals.
Danny Pickett's threaded pass found David Morris on the right and his low driven cross was turned in by Harris.
He this time made a much cleaner connection with his volley than he did to his wayward effort in the build up to his side's second goal.
The same player could have put the game beyond doubt, but his header from a Pickett corner crashed against the crossbar.
That proved to be a significant piece of misfortune for the home side, as with just 10 minutes remaining Baldock hauled themselves level again.
It was Harrison who struck again, this time with a sweetly struck free-kick to complete his hat-trick.
Lemsford may have grabbed a late victory when Chris Jones was clean through in the very last minute.
However, his effort was saved and his rebound was hacked off the line in a frenetic finale.
The draw keeps alive Lemsford's faint hopes of promotion and they will have a clearer idea of their chances after this Saturday's game away to Chipperfield Corinthians, who occupy the final promotion spot.
Lemsford Reserves claimed their second victory in as many games with a 3-1 win against Standon & Puckeridge.
Bradley Anderson grabbed two goals for Lemsford with Paul Orchard the other scorer for Stuart Morrison's men.